Where to Stay - South Africa

A trip through the Overberg region of the Western Cape leaves you in no doubt as to why this area attracts more than it’s fair share of artists. Indeed it is said that there are ‘more artists per capita in Hermanus than anywhere else in South Africa’.  Whilst I can’t substantiate this statement I can leave it to artists like Lize van der Walt to demonstrate the quality of the artists that live here. From her home in Northcliff she produces amazing contemporary landscapes and seascapes inspired by the stunning scenery around her. Her paintings of Grotto Beach are beautiful inspired by the colourful skies and the ever-changing coastline.

Lize van der Walt artist from Hermanus

Grotto Beach by Lize van der Walt


If you are in Durban on the weekend of March 21st 2014 then you are in for a real treat as the Sky Grand Prix of Aerobatics are in town as part of the Free Durban Land, Sea & Air Festival.

Free Durban Land, Sea & Air Festival


Mention the Overberg region of South Africa to an international tourist and you could be forgiven for thinking that the only thing you will find there are whales and sharks.  Sadly for too many people the area is overlooked and merely used as a drive-through with perhaps a stop off for a spot of shark-cage diving.

If you were just to stop and take a breath for a minute the Overberg would reward you with a world of stunning natural scenery, glorious beaches, lovely wine routes, scenic coastal roads, the De Hoop Nature Reserve and local markets.

View from De Hoop Nature Reserve


Belly Dance has been a type of traditional Middle Eastern dance for centuries. During the late 18th century, the dance was spotted at harems (sacred female temples) in the exotic Turkish Empire, where it inspired global attention. Travelers fantasized about the beautiful fluidity of the body and the shimmying costumes that encompassed the Eastern/Oriental dance and wrote about or painted their admirations. Belly Dance was highly-regarded and eventually flourished in cabarets and public places; spreading to the West and the rest of the world. From traditionally elegant Turkish and Egyptian folk dance to the more energetic contemporary styles, Belly Dance has survived and evolved over time. It’s even managed to wind its way from North Africa to the South…so be sure to check out the swaying hips and dazzling costumes when they roll by in your hometown. READ MORE

Williston in the Northern Cape has a real Karoo town feel. It is the sort of place where you are likely to see someone on the back of a cart, drawn by donkeys, transporting milk, cheese and vegetables to their farm home. Make sure you have your camera at the ready!

Williston Mall in the Karoo town of Williston, Northern Cape

Williston Mall

Wake up here to the sound of roosters crowing and another glorious Karoo sunrise.

You can’t visit Williston without popping into the Williston Mall. It’s the most visited place in the town but it’s not at all like your average town mall. As well as cramming in goods into every nook and cranny that you can see in the shop it also has a bar, restaurant and a guest house. If that isn’t enough there is also a children’s play area. It’s a great place to grab breakfast or some lunch or just a take-away.

Williston even has its own 9 Hole Golf Course which welcomes non-affiliated members every day of the year. Contact Tel: +27 (0)53 391 3216 to book a tee-off time. READ MORE